Michelle Matthews

Artist Statement


I sculpt works reflecting our momentary existence in a millennium of time. My practice is in a constant state of regeneration, in flux between fragility and endurance, form and process, a continual cycle of life and decay. Forming sculptures from clay, I construct works that respond to the spaces they inhabit taking cues from architectural details and historical references. The ephemeral raw clay sculptures have multiple life cycles. I gather the clay from other clay studios, recondition and repurpose it to build each installation. As one installation comes to an end, I break down its materials for the next iteration: this regeneration, reuse, a layering of both materials and ideas.